Tack­ling is­sues

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

LO­CAL sui­cide preven­tion group A Mile in their Shoes has part­nered with like-minded com­mu­nity groups to hold a meet­ing with Wes­ley Life Force rep­re­sen­ta­tive Page Matthews.

Ms Matthews trav­elled to the Whit­sun­days from Syd­ney to be a part of the dis­cus­sion about how best to help our com­mu­nity.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from A Mile in Their Shoes, the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice, Queens­land Health, and the Bald Ea­gles were all in­volved, with A Mile in Their Shoes founder Jack Lumby say­ing their am­bi­tion was to work with Wes­ley Life Force to cre­ate a solid foun­da­tion for the char­ity.

“This will en­able us to ac­cess funds and pro­grams which we hope to de­liver in the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Lumby said they had al­ready achieved fund­ing for 10 Safe Talk meet­ings, to be made avail­able to com­mu­nity groups right across the Whit- sun­days, in­clud­ing Bowen and Collinsville.

“We want to cre­ate a Whit­sun­day sui­cide preven­tion net­work, pool our great ef­forts in the com­mu­nity, and al­low the groups to main­tain con­trol of their own sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“This isn’t just a flash in the pan, it is an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate an on­go­ing sup­port group to run for many years to come.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to join the cause, con­tact Jack Lumby on 0417 628 939.

Photo: Kathryn Cy­gan

LIFE FORCE: A Mile in Their Shoes rep­re­sen­ta­tives Kevin Fancke, Lenny Mor­ris and Ron Pet­ter­son.

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